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Mon County Community Comes Together to Donate Blood
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on November 01, 2013 @ 7:04PM
Created on November 01, 2013 @ 6:23PM

At the age of two Faith Marie Lawson was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia.

It's a rare but serious blood disorder that requires constant monitoring and blood platelet transfusions.

But on Friday Faith Marie's fight along with so many others was made a little easier thanks to a blood drive held at the Mon County Sheriffs Department.

As the days pass by with every blood or platelet transfusion, Faith Marie's parents keep a heavy heart, but their heads held high.

Aplastic Anemia is a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells.

It can leave you feeling tired, and at higher risk of infections or uncontrolled bleeding. Its not only a rare, but serious condition that can develop at any age and can slowly get worse over time.

But it's not just Faith Marie, each year close to 900 people are diagnosed with this disease.

So while Faith Marie’s parents travel on this journey with her, on Friday they simply asked the community to help them pay it forward, and donate blood to the thousands in need.

"When I take her to the infusion center at Ruby, I have seen a lot of kids that have cancer and other diseases, they also need blood. So I just thought to actually pay it forward, to give back what we've used, and also to help everyone else that would need help in reference to blood." said Sharon Lawson

If you want to donate blood another drive will be held at the Mon County Sheriffs Department on November 8th from 11AM to 5PM. The Department is located at 116 Walnut Street in Morgantown.

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